Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sugar Cookies

Over the years I have tried at least 10 different sugar cookie recipes in search of the perfect roll-out cookie. I have delicious drop sugar cookies and variations of sugar cookie recipes but I could not find a good roll-out recipe that didn't poof or distort or taste gross.  What kind of mother could I be without a good roll-out sugar cookie recipe?!  I have FINALLY found one!!

I doubled this recipe and it made about 2-3 doz med-large-ish cookies. I also used grated orange zest this last time because I was out of lemons. They were still yum. I don't know that I'll ever use another roll-out recipe again. This one is great tasting, perfect texture and stays true to it's shape. 
Roll-out Sugar Cookies
2½ cups (12 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon almond extract
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon lemon zest
1. In a medium bowl, mix the flour and baking powder. In a one-cup measuring cup, lightly beat the egg with the extracts.
2. In the bowl of a standing mixer (or in a large bowl with a handheld mixer), beat the butter and salt on medium speed until smooth. With the mixer running, gradually pour in the sugar; add the lemon zest. Beat on medium until fluffy, about 1 minute. With the mixer running, pour in the egg mixture and continue beating until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the mixer bowl. With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour and mix just until evenly blended.
3. Lightly knead the dough to form a ball, press it into a disk 1-inch thick, and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Adjust a rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 375F. If you’ve chilled the dough overnight, it’ll need to sit at room temperature for half an hour or so to soften slightly. On a very lightly floured sheet of wax paper with a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the dough, roll the dough out to ¼-inch thick. Cut cookies using a floured cookie cutter. Re-roll scraps, always using as little flour as necessary. ** to add sprinkles on top brush the shapes with a bit of water and sprinkle them on prior to baking. 
5. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for 5-9 minutes, until they no longer look wet on top. The baking time will depend on the size of the cookies you’ve cut. You don’t want the bottoms to be browned, except for maybe just a bit on the edges. Let the cookies rest for a couple minutes on the sheets before transferring them to cooling racks to finish cooling. Decorate as desired.
** I cooked mine for 12 min or so at 350F and they were perfect; they were also a bit thicker than 1/4 in. 

1 comment:

Sara said...

Agh! Almond extract is heaven! But I have another sugar cookie recipe that will knock your socks off! Seriously, Amanda; it is sooo good! The cookies hold their shape less, the thicker you make them, but I think it's negligible.

I'll try your recipe, if you try mine? (That'll be the last time either of us try a new one! How 'bout that?)